Karl Shapiro Poems
- California Winter It is winter in California, and outside Is...
- Manhole Covers The beauty of manhole covers--what of ...
- The Olive Tree Save for a lusterless honing-stone of ...
- A Garden In Chicago In the mid-city, under an oiled sky, I ...
- Going To School What shall I teach in the vivid ...
- Buick As a sloop with a sweep of immaculate wing on her ...
- The Conscientious Objector The gates clanged and they walked ...
Karl Shapiro attended the University of Virginia before World War II, and immortalized it in a scathing poem called "University," which noted that "to hate the Negro and avoid the Jew is the curriculum." He did not return after his military service.
Karl Shapiro wrote poetry in the Pacific Theater while he served there during World War II. His collection V-Letter and Other Poems, written while Shapiro was stationed in New Guinea, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1945, while Shapiro was still in the military. Shapiro was American Poet Laureate in 1946 and 1947. (At the time this title was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress which was ... more »
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It is winter in California, and outside
Is like the interior of a florist shop:
A chilled and moisture-laden crop
Of pink camellias lines the path; and what
Rare roses for a banquet or a bride,
So multitudinous that they seem a glut!
A line of snails crosses the golf-green lawn
From the rosebushes to the ivy bed;
An arsenic compound is distributed
For them. The gardener will rake up the shells
And leave in a corner of the patio
The little mound of empty shells, like skulls.
By noon the fog is burnt off by the sun
And the world's immensest sky ...